Autumn Hydrangea

Autumn Hydrangea

I have been getting a lot of questions about my hydrangeas, and the elusive “autumn hydrangea”. What variety are yours? Is a autumn hydrangea a special variety? Does it only bloom in the fall? What can I do with it?  Well here is everything you need to know about my hydrangea which just happen to be a autumn hydrangea variety. 

Okay so my hydrangeas seen here, are a variety called Limelight Hydrangea. They are one of the few varieties that actually like the sun, which make them super easy to grow. Mine are only 2 years old and are absolutely gigantic. So big in fact, I will probably be transplanting them the a larger area next spring.
Autumn Hydrangea refers to the heads still on a hydrangea plant, that will turn a pinkish purple in the fall months as the plant starts to go dormant. The Limelight is a prime example of this color change, and are highly sough after by floral designers. These are the exact same hydrangeas above as they enter into the autumn. Here is a look at the variation while still on the plants.  You can see the above picture doing prime growing season of June, and my current day hydrangeas as they change colors.  To winterize hydrangeas, cut back one-third of the plant, and leave them in the ground, as hydrangeas can handle freezing weather during their dormant period.
Another tip is cutting the autumn hydrangea  blooms as the plant starts to go dormant, will allow you to dry them and they will actually retain their color.  These blooms above in the white pitcher are actually dried from a previous arrangement from my Bushel and Peck Table seen below, which we fresh cut from the plant. Please not that not hydrangea will dry up pretty. The fresh white or lime green hydrangea seen in the spring/summer will eventually droop and turn brown. I do really love the versatility of the Limelight Hydrangea for this reason. Though out the year I can fresh cut white- early spring, lime green- summer and the lime with pink/purple highlights in the fall. It is like having 3 plants in one, a floral designers dream!!!Here is a sneak peak at where else I plan on using my plethora of dried autumn hydrangea this fall. This will be part of my “Fall Table Done 3 Ways”  due to release in early October, along with our Fall Home Tour next week!!! Be sure sign up for emails so you don’t miss it!!!

 

52 Comments

  1. I love these flowers and the color is beautiful, I have not seen this variety here so maybe we can not get them.

  2. I love you hydrangeas and all the tips your have provided to the general public about growing, cutting and preserving.

  3. Great post on this plant, the blooms are very pretty and good to know that they can be dried. Thanks!

  4. This variety is gorgeous I must pin and look for Limelights next season. Thanks for sharing the drying tips too!

  5. I actually think this web site needs far more consideration but the public, it really is quite fantastic. I will be back be to learn much more soon,bookmarking thanks for that great hydrangea info.

  6. I simply, thought you would be the perfect authority on plants since you have floral company and it seems that I was right. YOU have some really great hydrangea advice, things I have not seen on other posts, is there any information you are holding back on? I feel like you have so much to share you can pick and choose the posts you are wanting to make. Thanks for everything ~J

    • Awww thanks Joella, yes I am sure I have knowledge I may have failed to include this time around, so you will just have to check back in to see what we are up too 😀 As for hydrangeas they prefer to drink through there petals verses there stems so if they get wilty submerge them in water for a few hours, they also prefer clean bleached containers and will easily absorb bacteria and die if not kept in clean containers. Oh and burned the ends does not work so don’t even try it. I think thats it….LOL….. for today.

  7. This is another great post by you! I learned so much and I will look for the limelight hydrangeas next spring!

  8. You made some first rate tips there. It will be what most people will associate with with your website.

  9. Oh wow I need to remember these for next year. They are beautiful and make really great indoor arrangements.

  10. This is the right weblog for anybody who wants to find out about hydrangeas. You realize it is a lot its almost impossible to find good information on this flower. You undoubtedly put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years without much success. Great stuff, just nice!

  11. I truly think this website warrants soooooooo much more consideration.This post and the other I have read today prove you have a lot to share with your followers. Bookmarked to more to read far more, thanks for that info.

  12. Thanks for all of your efforts on this web page and your never ending knowledge about your hydrangeas. I wish I half of your knowledge I seem to kill everything. You have been conducting a stunning job.

  13. I just wanted to type a quick message in order to express gratitude to you for some of the stunning hints you are giving on this website about hydrangeas.

  14. So pretty, I must pin this post to remember the kind of hydrangea you bought, I miss add them to the garden next year.

  15. This is one of my favorite varieties of hydrangea. While I knew that I could dry them I had no idea that I could paint them. Must be florist trick. Thanks for all the the great advice.

  16. One of my mama’s favorites she always had them on the coffee table when I was a kid. Happy memories, thanks!

  17. It arduous to seek out knowledgeable people on this subject of horticulture, but you sound like you know what you are speaking about! Thanks

  18. Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite flower. My entire wedding was done in white hydrangeas so they make me very nostalgic. I will have to look for the limelight variety at my local nursery in the spring.

  19. I am in love with these Limelight hydrangeas I must look for them next spring and add them to my year. They are really a beautiful variety. Thanks for all the information.

  20. Oh my I really do love hydrangeas, mine all very blue due to my alkaline based soil. I wonder if this kind would hold it’s color and not change to blue, if so I would be willing to try them for variety sake.

    • I believe this variety would do just that, I highly doubt that they would turn blue. You should get one and try it out, I really think you would like it, and then you could have blue and white hydrangeas which would be gorgeous!!!

  21. Your garden is so pretty and those hydrangeas are really amazing. I will pin this article to remember to look for them next spring. I must have them too.

  22. I do a lot of wedding video and I must say these are some of the prettiest hydrangeas I have seen. I have been trying to create a oasis in my backyard for photo shoots, I will look for this variety and have the landscapers add them into the plan. Thanks!

  23. So pretty are these flowers I wish the would grow here but I afraid its too hot and they will melt. My silly neighbor tried to plant them and put lava rock around the base, fried them within the week. Sad, I mean she literally murdered them. Proves you can’t fix stupid.

  24. I enjoy read the blog by you because of your own effort put forth on this web page. My mother takes an interest in gardening and flowers. I will pass this inform on to her.

  25. You have great taste on plants, Do you do you own landscaping of hire a company?

    • My husband and I actually pick and plant all the items you see in our yard. We enjoy doing it and it is one of our many hobbies. Honestly, you should have seen our last yard, it planted like a botanical garden and actually was a huge selling feature when we put the house on the market. Never under estimate the power of a pretty yard.

  26. Good post. I been taught something new on blogs everyday. It should all the time be stimulating to learn content from other writers and observe a little something from their lives.

  27. Jen, you have a eye for beauty, your home, plants even your pets are cute. You should consider widening your horizons into fashion consulting, it is very lucrative ands I think you would be good at it. Just a thought.

  28. So pretty I just love hydrangeas. Thank you for the very informational post, while I love them I had no idea that I could do all these things with them.

  29. There are actually loads of details like that to take inform this post. I had no idea that hydrangeas could be dried. I will look for the Limelights next year, they seem very useful.

  30. You have such a pretty blog site with lots of great information. I hope that your become the next Joanna Gaines since she is retiring, so sad.

  31. Your yard is so pretty, very lush and looks so private. Do you actually live in a neighborhood? It is hard to tell. You house is surrounded by trees and wilderness, so it looks like you might live on acreage.

    • Actually, we do live in a neighborhood. Currently the lots on either side of our home are available to build the house of your dreams on, so I guess we are looking for neighbors, lol. The woods behind us back up to a creek, lake and wetlands so it can never be built on. Honestly after living in Gwinnett county for 16 years, we learned a lot about how land builds up, so we were very cautious in picking an area that would be protected when the building boom reaches us.

  32. This is a great post on hydrangeas, with really pretty pictures. I know we use them all the time in vases to fresh up our place. I did not know about the autumn version, I will look for those in the future.

  33. Hydrangeas are my favorite flower. I am so happy you had so much great information about them for me. Thank you!

  34. These are absolutely beautiful, I linked over from your bushel and peck post, which now I have that song stuck in my head…..oh brother. Thanks for all the great growing information I will look for the limelight variety next year.

  35. Gardening in near and dear to my heart. While I do not get out much to do it anymore I have found that my yard from years past still keeps blooming and is beautiful with just little maintenance. Thank you for sharing your pretty hydrangeas.

  36. Your hydrangea plants are so pretty. I wish I had a green thumb like yourself. Thanks for the information 🙂

  37. your hydrangea pictures are fabulous. i love the limelight variety and that they turn colors in the fall. i did not know they could be dried, and preserved with floral paint. see you learn something new every day. best wishes my fellow dirt digger.

  38. I came out to see you DIY Top Reveal post, and was mesmerized by the pictures of hydrangeas. Now this post has a lot of great information in it. I will pin this post for next planting season so I buy the right ones!

  39. I am a huge fan of hydrangeas, but I did not know all this. Cutting, drying and painting had not crossed my mind at all. You have taken my blog to another level my friend thank you!

  40. Okay I had no idea this was how you were getting those pretty, dried hydrangeas. Where have you been hiding these magical bushes?

  41. I did not know this about hydrangeas, you are just a wealth of knowledge. Wow I really scored big tonight on stumbleupon, I am signing up to follow you.

  42. I love Hydrangeas and this post, you blog, and photos is spot on. Thanks for all the helpful information such as the drying and painting, I mean who knew that was possible.

  43. Is there anything that you can’t do? You are clearly amazing and have wide spread talent over several subject matters. This is one of my favorite reads so far since I love hydrangeas. Great tips on drying them, thank you.

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